Single Payer? Medicare For All? Exchange Failures?

By |September 19th, 2017|

I once heard a radio host say “Dreaming is important. But to do my job, I HAVE to be the mayor of Real Ville!”

I’m totally in on that one. You can’t deliver Straight Talk if you’re not willing to live in Real Ville. This doesn’t mean I like crushing people’s […]

Straight Talk Update

By |March 21st, 2017|

Straight Talk would normally come to you today, but instead we are eagerly watching the latest developments out of Washington, D.C., on the American Health Care Act.

Republicans in the U.S. House on Monday released several key changes to the Act that would soften the blow of proposed changes on those […]

It is Past Time We Take the “Mental” Out of Illness and Just Help People get Better

By |February 21st, 2017|

In our quest here at Blue Cross to improve the health and lives of all Louisianans, we have worked very hard to educate folks about chronic conditions that can affect us all, especially in Louisiana:

High blood pressure can lead to a stroke.
High “bad” cholesterol can clog your arteries […]

The Great Flood of 2016: Staring down a potential health crisis

By |August 30th, 2016|

It’s been a pretty crazy week. Just since I last wrote to you, Donald Trump came to town, President Obama came to town. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Red Cross and lots of other organizations are here distributing money and supplies and food. Relief has been pouring in […]

Building a Sustainable, Affordable Individual Health Insurance Market: Why Healthcare.gov is discouraging this

By |July 26th, 2016|

I often teach classes in what I call “Health Insurance 101” here at Blue Cross. I want to make sure our employees have a good understanding of what insurance companies like us do and why we are here.

In this, I’ve developed a definition of what a health insurance company really […]